NGD: FRG8 (Heavily Modded RG8)

Discussion in 'Extended Range Guitars' started by ThePhilosopher, Oct 6, 2017.

  1. ThePhilosopher

    ThePhilosopher Reason User Contributor

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    I received this guitar in a trade as a lightly modified black Ibanez RG8. I typically don't like the Ibanez neck shape; however, for this guitar it seemed to work well for me (I think it's the extra width). Not being satisfied with the guitar's appearance I had it painted something like the old Vampire Kiss color of the old Ibanez RG7420/7620's.
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    I kept it that way for about a year and then thought about adding passive pickups and a Floyd-Rose bridge.

    So, I ordered the bridge and looked around for people that would to the modification for me to no avail.
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    I then contacted @djohns74 here to build a custom Ibanez FR shaped body for me; he had done some good work for other members and came highly recommended. He sent regular updates on the body build.

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    We ran into some issues with the stock FR block being too tall. Here's testing the stock block, the bridge sits much higher than I would like (and the neck shelf isn't routed quite as deep here).

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    I ordered a new copper sustain block from the guys at Floyd Upgrades. I had it shipped straight over to the Dave to avoid any additional slow downs. He verified the clearances and worked continued.

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    The guitar was then grain-filled and sent back to me.
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    I was going to have the body oil finished by a guy locally, but he botched the job and I ended up going with a member of UnofficialWarmoth to redo the body finish for me. It was a huge nightmare of a job for him to correct and I'll spare you the horror of the shape my guitar was in. Initially, I was thinking of this since I was going to have a professional finish done.
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    I ended up going with this finish as the grain looked so nice.
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    I thought, this isn't crazy enough and ordered more parts.
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    I had my tech (who is doing the assembly and electronics work) do some more modifications to the body while I had the base plate of the bridge slotted out to accommodate the wires.
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    Here it is at my tech's house waiting on a new jumper cable to join the two Graphtech summing boards together (the first one I had was bad). A bit of finishing touches and some QA by me when I pick it up, and it'll be ready for some detailed shots of the work done. That'll all have to wait until Hurricane Harvey packs up and leaves the Houston area.

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  2. ThePhilosopher

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    So close to being done, I ordered some PRS Amber Lampshade Knobs to complete it.
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    The control schema:
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    Here it is with the amber knobs. I quite like it.
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  3. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire 8 string hoarder

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    awesome
     
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    I've been following this at the RG8 mods thread, well done... some tone clips would be pretty well received :D
     
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    Hollowway Extended Ranger

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    Dang, I may need to hit djohns up! That's awesome!
     
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    Thanks.

    They are coming, it's tough to get anything recorded with a 5 month old around ;).

    Definitely, I've already got another project in the works with him. :agreed:
     
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    Awesome! By any chance, do you have the old pink body?
     
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    I do and it was for sale here. There was no interest, so I've got new plans in motion for it now.
     
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    Leviathus Psychotic Monster

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    Classy.

    also, HSH FTW.
     
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    Thanks, it's quite a change from pink.
     
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    Jarmake Frost Giant

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    Very cool project! Are you planning to put in a locking nut or kahler style behind the nut locks?
     
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  13. 77zark77

    77zark77 SS.org Regular

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    I'm not a Tele guy but I defintely like this one ! Congrats :yesway: :yum:
     
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    Anquished hhnice!

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    That is awesome, congrats!
     
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    I was going to use an RGA8 neck or RG2228 neck if I could find one - I didn't so I'm not going to use a locking nut. It has been staying in tune really well with the locking tuners.

    Thanks, now to go cover some Gore.
     
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    gfactor SS.org Regular

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    Awesome guitar!

    I have to ask, at what point does it stop being an RG8?
     
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    At this point ;)
     
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    Dineley SS.org Regular

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    Still awesome, regardless of what its classified as, classy beast there.
     
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    davidswain SS.org Regular

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    They do blocks for 8 strings? What size did you get?
     
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    gingerman SS.org Regular

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    Best rg8 ever :-D
     
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